Famous Quotes by Nelson Mandela – Part 2

By Yashwant
Feb 15th, 2012
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 Famous Quotes by Nelson Mandela

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“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

“Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”

“One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.”

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
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“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

“If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.”
“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself. Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.” 

“That was one of the things that worried me – to be raised to the position of a semi-god – because then you are no longer a human being. I wanted to be known as Mandela, a man with weaknesses, some of which are fundamental, and a man who is committed, but never the less, sometimes he fails to live up to expectations.”

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.” 

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One Response to “Famous Quotes by Nelson Mandela – Part 2”

  1. Thanks for the quotes. They’re great. I love Mandela. What an inspirational man he Nelson Mandela is. His sacrifice and humility, combined with his energy and commitment for transformation is so far reaching. I’ve pulled together 100 other Nelson Mandela’s quotes http://calebstorkey.com/101-nelson-mandela-quotes and I’ve written an eBook on the principles we can learn from his leadership through the years. Be lovely to dialogue and discuss these principles with others http://calebstorkey.com/nelson-mandela

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